Definitions for materialməˈtɪər i əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ma•te•ri•al*məˈtɪər i əl(n.)

  1. the substance of which something is made or composed.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. something that serves as crude or raw matter to be used or developed.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. a constituent element.

  4. a textile fabric.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. ideas or facts that can provide the basis for or be incorporated into some work:

    to gather material for a book.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. materials, the articles or apparatus needed to make or do something:

    writing materials.

  7. a person considered as suited to a particular sphere of activity:

    college material.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  8. (adj.)formed or consisting of matter; physical; corporeal:

    the material world.

  9. relating to, concerned with, or involving matter:

    material forces.

  10. pertaining to the physical rather than the spiritual or intellectual aspect of things:

    material comforts.

  11. worldly; not spiritual.

  12. important:

    to make a material difference.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  13. pertinent:

    a material question.

  14. likely to influence the determination of a case:

    material evidence.

    Category: Law

  15. of or pertaining to matter as distinguished from form.

    Category: Philosphy

* Syn: See matter.

Origin of material:

1300–50; < LL māteriālis of, belonging to matter


Princeton's WordNet

  1. material, stuff(noun)

    the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object

    "coal is a hard black material"; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"

  2. material(noun)

    information (data or ideas or observations) that can be used or reworked into a finished form

    "the archives provided rich material for a definitive biography"

  3. fabric, cloth, material, textile(noun)

    artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers

    "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"

  4. material(noun)

    things needed for doing or making something

    "writing materials"; "useful teaching materials"

  5. material(adj)

    a person judged suitable for admission or employment

    "he was university material"; "she was vice-presidential material"

  6. material(adj)

    concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests

    "material possessions"; "material wealth"; "material comforts"

  7. material(adj)

    derived from or composed of matter

    "the material universe"

  8. material(adj)

    directly relevant to a matter especially a law case

    "his support made a material difference"; "evidence material to the issue at hand"; "facts likely to influence the judgment are called material facts"; "a material witness"

  9. material(adj)

    concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being

    "material needs"; "the moral and material welfare of all good citizens"- T.Roosevelt

  10. corporeal, material(adj)

    having material or physical form or substance

    "that which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible" - Benjamin Jowett

  11. substantial, real, material(adj)

    having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary

    "the substantial world"; "a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical"; "most ponderous and substantial things"- Shakespeare

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. material(noun)əˈtɪər i əl

    cloth or fabric

    I need 3m of material for the cushion covers.; a light/heavy material

  2. materialəˈtɪər i əl

    a substance or matter used in making sth

    building materials; a useful adhesive material

  3. materialəˈtɪər i əl

    information, facts, or ideas

    I'm collecting material for my new novel.

  4. materialəˈtɪər i əl

    notes or documents containing information

    advertising material

  5. material(adjective)əˈtɪər i əl

    relating to money and property, not your spiritual existence

    It's not the material things that make you a happy person.

  6. materialəˈtɪər i əl

    in law, important and relevant

    information that is material to the court case


  1. material(Noun)

    Matter which may be shaped or manipulated, particularly in making something.

    Asphalt, composed of oil and sand, is a widely used material for roads.

  2. material(Noun)

    Text written for a specific purpose.

    We were a warm-up act at the time; we didn't have enough original material to headline.

  3. material(Noun)

    A sample or specimens for study.

  4. material(Noun)

    Cloth to be made into a garment.

    You'll need about a yard of material to make this.

  5. material(Noun)

    A person who is qualified for a certain position or activity.

    Joe Manchin is a great governor, and I also believe he is presidential material.

  6. material(Adjective)

    Having to do with matter.

    This compound has a number of interesting material properties.

  7. material(Adjective)

    Worldly, as opposed to spiritual.

    Don't let material concerns get in the way of living a good life.

  8. material(Adjective)


  9. Origin: From material, from materialis, from materia "wood, material, substance" from mater "mother". Displaced native andweorc (from andweorc).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Material(adj)

    consisting of matter; not spiritual; corporeal; physical; as, material substance or bodies

  2. Material(adj)

    hence: Pertaining to, or affecting, the physical nature of man, as distinguished from the mental or moral nature; relating to the bodily wants, interests, and comforts

  3. Material(adj)

    of solid or weighty character; not insubstantial; of cinsequence; not be dispensed with; important

  4. Material(adj)

    pertaining to the matter, as opposed to the form, of a thing. See Matter

  5. Material(noun)

    the substance or matter of which anything is made or may be made

  6. Material(verb)

    to form from matter; to materialize


  1. Material

    Material is anything made of matter, constituted of one or more substances. Wood, cement, hydrogen, air, water and any other matter are all examples of materials. Sometimes the term "material" is used more narrowly to refer to substances or components with certain physical properties that are used as inputs to production or manufacturing. In this sense, materials are the parts required to make something else, from buildings and art to airplanes and computers. Material is also used to refer to a group of ideas, facts, information or data, that may provide the basis for or are part of some piece of work.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'material' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #737

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'material' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1528

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'material' in Nouns Frequency: #185

Anagrams of material

  1. Armalite

Translations for material

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


consisting of solid(s), liquid(s), gas(es) or any combination of these

the material world.

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